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London’s top 5 alternative office Christmas parties

by LLB Reporter
22nd Nov 13 10:28 am

Defy awkwardness and tedium with cheffing, dance-stepping, piccalilli and ping pong

We can’t think of a better way to say Bon Voyage to banality and farewell to formality than with an alternative take on the traditional office Christmas party.

After a year of suited-and-booted respectability we all deserve to let our hair down and explore our more adventurous side come festive season, and there’s still plenty of time to organise something special this year.

But forget hackneyed mass-scale bowling trips or wine-soaked Christmas dinners spent waiting for some poor colleague to orchestrate that embarrassing photocopy moment.

Earn some serious brownie points from your team instead with our pick of the best – and most intriguing – ways to get your hardworking staff bonding in a whole new way this festive season.

No photocopiers allowed!

1. Drink Shop Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

If your team is a creative bunch, then Drink, Shop & Do Café in Kings Cross provides a chance for everyone to express themselves come the office party.

This all-in entertainment provider caters for up to 240 people working with you to design the exact experience to match your group’s sensibilities and budget.

If classic but slightly different is your bag, try the Christmas Afternoon Tea package of ham and piccalilli sandwiches, cranberry scones, a fine tea selection and mulled wine. Not as formal as a sit-down meal but still a chance to indulge your Christmas taste buds!

Or if that sounds a little tame, try indulging your inner child by hiring an impressive Rodeo Reindeer – buckle up and brave your way to the top of the leader board for a chance to win a prize. You will definitely be seeing Tim from accounts in a new light after this one!

Unashamed fun – just what you want for Christmas. Still not sure? Take your pick from other options including musical bingo, dressing up box and a dance show.


2. Wow the Guests, West End

Dancing fever is everywhere – and with Christmas upon us the tempo has just gone up a notch.

So why not give your team the chance to learn a few steps of their own with the help of professional dance gurus at Wow the Guests in central London.

Would-be dancers get the chance to learn the basic steps of a routine worthy of Strictly Come Dancing under the guiding eye of revered dancers including founder and choreographer Kevin, who’s appeared in Chicago and Kiss me Kate.

And if West End theatre is more your bag, let the professionals put you through your paces of routines from shows including Mamma Mia.

Choose your own venue or book a package at a West End studio. Book now and get your shoes ready for the dance off.


3. Bounce, 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD

Fancy breaking the ice among colleagues with something energetic but don’t want to skimp on the glam factor?

Not a problem with Bounce’s upmarket Jacques Room in Holborn. This ultimate playroom for adults offers three designer ping-pong tables, private table-tennis tables, cocktail bar with dedicated mixologist, a karaoke machine and an impressive sound system allowing would-be DJs to plug in their own iPOD tracks.

Between serves, relax and marvel at Keith Haring-inspired iridescent artwork by artist Mark Sands with the venue’s UV ping pong, and let ball collectors chase those unruly balls for you!

Housing 35-100 people, you can film the night’s events and enjoy a festive meal and drinks as part of your package.

Definitely enough energy to get your heart pumping, but not so much you ruin your threads.


4. L’atelier des Chefs, 19 Wigmore Street London W1U IPH, or 10 Foster Lane, London EC2V 6HR

Christmas is all about food, so why not embrace it by offering your team the chance to brush up on their skills in time for Christmas with a cook and dine experience with L’atelier des Chefs.

Based in professional kitchens in central London, the interactive cooking classes range from 30 minutes to 4 hours and offer a choice of themes including Sushi & Japanese, Gastropub and Christmas Treats to take away.

Why not put your group’s team work and creativity skills to the test outside of the office with the Chef’s Cooking Challenge – two hours of designing, preparing and cooking seasonal ingredients under expert guidance in a race to produce the winning menu.

An interesting way to get the competitive juices flowing before returning to work on Monday!


5. TimeBank, Royal Time Bank, Royal London House, 22 – 25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX

With the endless shopping trips and unashamed self-indulgence of the festive season it’s easy to forget those not so well off at this time of plenty.

With that in mind, why not encourage your team to bond in a way they’ll never forget with a Christmas volunteering party with TimeBank.

Volunteering is the focus with efforts ranging from helping to dig a ditch to soup serving to handing a needy child a present.

The volunteer project organisers then help round off efforts with a trip to a local restaurant or bar where participants can enjoy a glass of wine and a warm fuzzy feeling.

For inspiration, check out the website to see how a group of bankers got on.




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